kicks off 2014 fundraising year

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COLUMBIA - The kickoff ceremony for took place Wednesday. is a central online portal where people can go to donate a monetary amount of their choice to 53 non-profit Columbia organizations. The Community Foundation of Central Missouri is the "energy" behind CoMoGives.

"We provide a campaign structure, the energy, and the focus," Executive Director John Baker said. "They [non-profit organizations] are the ones who provide a lot of the specific work to get their donors to go online to make donations to suppor their good work."

Baker said this is the second year for CoMoGives. Last year, the site only had 30 non-profit organizations. He said the Community Foundation is very happy with the growth this year. 

"It's great because people realize the goodness of the event last year," Baker said. "We had people calling us wanting to be involved this year and we just didn't have to work that hard to get the 53 organizations signed up, which is great."

Some of the organizations on CoMoGives include The Central Missouri Humane Society, Boone County Historical Museum, and the Missouri Symphony Society. Baker said that a "cheerful competitive spirit" will take place between the organizations for the chance to win one of the eight challenge grants.

The categories for the grants include highest monetary amount raised, largest number of youth donors, and largest number of big donations over $250. Two winners from each of these categories will be chosen.

Baker said CoMoGives is an end of year campaign because launching it around this time ultimately helps get more donations.

"There's the holiday good spirit and the tax deadline of December 31st good spirit, so we try to put both of those together this time of the year," Baker said.

Baker said he would love to see the community help CoMoGives raise a goal of $200,000. The site will be accepting donations until the end of the year.